We live in a fast-paced society, constantly on the run. There never seems to be enough time in the day to keep up with work, commitments, and our overbooked schedules. Eventually, we end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.
Stress is something that many people have to deal with every day, but it’s not the same for every person. What one person finds to be stressful may have no effect on another individual.
No matter what it is that stresses you out, stress can have many negative effects on your health and quality of life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress that is left unchecked can cause major health problems like…
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Unfortunately, more and more people are becoming stressed out at work. According to The American Institute of Stress…
- 80% of workers feel stress on the job
- 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didn’t
- 25% have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress
- 75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago
- 12% had called in sick because of job stress
- Job Stress carries a price tag for U.S. industry estimated at over $300 billion annually as a result of accidents, absenteeism, turnover, productivity, and workers’ comp claims.
Many people don’t deal with stress in a healthy way. Instead, they smoke, drink, overeat, use drugs, sleep, watch TV, or withdraw socially.
With so many people stressed out in our society, it is important to deal with stress in a healthy way. Here are 5 simple and healthy ways you can deal with stress…
1. Say No
With our busy schedules were are constantly pulled in every direction. Many people have a difficult time saying no to other people when they are asked to do something. However, it’s okay to say no. When you say no you are actually saying yes to yourself. You only have so much time in the day, so stop overbooking yourself… Say no!
Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Physical activity boosts endorphin levels in your brain, which puts you in a better mood. So go for a walk, hit the gym, or do any physical activity that you enjoy and you will start feeling better.
3. Listen To Music
Researchers have found that listening to music is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. Studies have shown that listening to slower, relaxing music can lower heart rate, blood pressure and even relieve headaches. Check out my older post on health benefits of listening to music…Amazing Health Benefits Of Listening To Music.
4. Start A Hobby
Having a hobby has many is another great way to relieve stress. Studies have shown that those who enjoy a hobby after work have lower blood pressure, higher self-esteem and more self-confidence. A hobby is a great way to clear your mind and feel a sense of accomplishment outside of work.
5. Turn Off Your Phone
Technology has made always accessible to everyone. We are basically on call 24/7. From time to time we need to step back and enjoy some peace and quiet from the outside world. Don’t be afraid to turn off your phone and enjoy some quiet time to yourself. Read about what happened when I turned my phone off for three days by clicking here.
What are some of the healthy ways you deal with stress in your life?